Learning from our Lean Data

Learning from our Lean Data

As a grantee of Omidyar Network, we were given the opportunity to have Lean Data, a data service created by Acumen, conduct a free external evaluation of our beneficiaries to get quick and high-quality feedback. Lean Data uses low-cost technology and methods to gather...
Gold at the Impumelelo Social Innovation Awards

Gold at the Impumelelo Social Innovation Awards

  FunDza is immensely proud to have won Gold in the Impumelelo Social Innovations Awards, a leading awards programme in South Africa, that rewards innovators who find creative solutions to public problems. Impumelelo is dedicated to ensuring that award winners...
A mobile library is born

A mobile library is born

Wearing a FunDza T-shirt has never been as much fun as at this year’s Jozi Book Fair. I was approached by many like-minded people who recognised the bright yellow smiley FunDza face on my shirt and came to chat about literacy matters. One such person was Banele...
Discovering Confucius in China

Discovering Confucius in China

The prospect of travelling for hours by air to the other side of the world really made me nervous! But I was curious too and I felt immense appreciation at being given the honour of representing FunDza, my colleagues, directors, as well as our readers – our FunDza...
Aimee-Claire Smith: Life after FunDza at Puku

Aimee-Claire Smith: Life after FunDza at Puku

I recently took a short trip down to Cape Town from my hometown of Pretoria, and of course had to visit my friends and old co-workers at the FunDza offices in Muizenberg. FunDza is still and always will be very close to my heart. After seeing the team again, I began...
Baeletsi flying the FunDza flag at WriteSmart

Baeletsi flying the FunDza flag at WriteSmart

  Growing up in Kuruman, I was a regular at our local library. I read everything that grabbed my attention and to this day I am glad that my mother never monitored what I read. I have since discovered the power of reading and I’m a tireless advocate for reading....
FunDza Fun at Open Book Festival!

FunDza Fun at Open Book Festival!

“Hi Sonja. All is in order except that I Have 2 extra students?” An email with this message arrived in my inbox with less than 24 hours to go. 2 extra students = 2 extra goodie bags = 2 extra tickets = urgh! When I got over the initial calculation of the extra work...
Day-by-day during National Book Week!

Day-by-day during National Book Week!

National Book Week! It’s all over South Africa and it’s a literacy frenzy! It’s a lot of hard work, and a lot of fun and it is impactful to the youth in our country. So, where did the FunDza team find itself in this week? Have a look below! 4...
Sonja gets inspired with help2read facilitators

Sonja gets inspired with help2read facilitators

Fellow literacy NGO Help2read works with primary school children. Besides volunteers who read with the children on an individual basis, they also have literacy facilitators who spend a year working in schools using their programme. FunDza ran a workshop for 11 of...
While the Cat’s away – the Mice will play!

While the Cat’s away – the Mice will play!

Being a conscientious finance person, I don’t like doing anything without specific permission. On Thursday 17 August, Mignon was out of the office and I heard that Nandi, Ndibs and Sive were running a Writing Good Essays workshop with learners at Christel House...